Well my friends, I've long had a problem with my PC that was 'no big deal'; if I got out of the chair quickly and 'thumped' the floor at all, my PC would freeze; quick reboot and away we went.
Even though I'm lucky enough to have a 5820K that won the silicone lottery and can reach 5Ghz; it didnt surprise me, because there are some parts that are old as sin.
The case had lived case-panel less for about a year, and the GPU is held together by zipties.
Anyway, after a solid 'bump' a reboot wouldn't get it past the POST screen; reseated RAM, and nope.
This cost me my second ever Abandon in DOTA in 12 years.... This was now not OK.
Ripped the case off the shelf and started investigating....... and I found a bunch of 'sand'.
I live near a beach, and near a train line, so I thought nothing of this grit. Until I realised "Hold on, why is nothing else in my house gritty.......".
Blew out the case and went to reassemble, when I noticed something quite.... interesting.
First I looked at my Coolermaster heatsink......
Yeah, that's not ideal.....
As it turns out, while anodizing should protect Aluminium from low concentrations of Gallium (as was my thermal compound), I didn't consider that the grooves machined into the anodized block for the heatpipes will be 'raw' aluminum....
As such, the 'spot tested' section was A-OK (unbroken anodize), but, after about 11 months of application.... this.....
This explained 3 things:
1. Where the 'sand' was coming from.
2. What was causing the freezing (metal flake falling on the GPU)
3. Why my OC had gone from 82*C at load, to 91*C at load.
All of these are not ideal.
SO, off I went to the local MSY, and came home with two new items.
The Masterbox5 was an impulse purchase, as my old case didn't have room for a 240mm Rad, and I didn't want to settle for a 120mm.
But my god am I glad I purchased it, I'd recommend this thing to ANYONE. SO roomy, so logical, so just outright NICE.
Ok, next I unboxed my first ever watercooler (yes, its AIO, but I couldn't wait for custom parts, and it was only $80).
So the positive review points are all true, it's a SUPER easy fitment, especially on Haswell-E (4 stands, and a hold down plate, done).
And the pump is Super duper quiet, even out of the case, just powering it 100%, is near silent.
However, something the reviewers didn't mention; The finish on the cold plate is WOEFUL.
This picture is after about 5 minutes with some 2000grit.
The visible Grain was what was there from the factory, I was hand-sanding against the grain to knock down the peaks.
I knew I wasn't going to actually lap it entirely, I just wanted to knock the peaks a little closer to the valleys, so hand sanding it went.
No matter how imperfect the hand pressure might have been, I can guarantee it's an improvement;
Also, since I didn't knock the 'grain' off entirely, anywhere, if we assume the plate was 'basically flat', then I haven't created any significant low spots doing it by hand.
This time I decided to play it safe and used the last of my favorite non conductive TIM
I really hope I had enough left, the Haswell-E core is bloody huge and I only manged a single line down the middle about the thickness of thin spaghetti.....
Temps looked OK though. Ill order some more and re-paste to be sure.
So, After a bit of fiddling and realising the sealed 'fill' location on the AIO cooler is a TERRIBLE spot, and won't let me mount it how I wanted, I fiddled a bit more and ended up with this!!! (twin JetFlo fans on the front of the case, blowing through the rad)
As you can see, the GPU is the 'weak spot' in the system, an HD7850 isn't quite the nice card it used to be, especially once the screws have rusted through and you're holding the heatsink on with cable ties....
Cable management was a pain, but much easier than any other case..
I had someone tell my my PSU was upside down, but I have nothing but success with using the PSU as an exhaust fan in the past.
My PSU lights up White.
And I have a white LED JetFlo fan to replace that stock black one in the rear (there's a reason it's not hooked up, lol)
So I'll have a final picture once I've finished the case beautifying and decided what GPU to install in there.
There's an HD7970 for $100 locally that's a real steal.
There's also a GTX960 for about the same, which is still a big jump in performance but without the power draw.
All I play is DOTA, so it just needs to run that at 84FPS (which is what I managed to Overclock my IPS monitor to!)
OK, kids, don't play with Gallium heat pastes unless you're sure your metals are OK.
I had to take the 2000 grit to the CPU heat spreader for a second too, to remove the Gallium staining......
Edited by Master_Scythe, 22 August 2017 - 10:14 AM.